Thursday, February 24, 2011

Swirls & Twirls

Cooking with Cricut has a 'Swirls & Twirls' challenge on this week.  My 'swirl' is cut using cartridge Calligraphy Collection and I wanted it to represent a water wave in my sons swimming layout.  The title and award ribbon were cut using Plantin Schoolbook.

Supplies - Kaisercraft paper, vellum, black pen.

February Kids Class-in-a-kit

Have just finished designing the February Kids Class-in-kit for Better Scrapbooking.  A fun mini album with pockets and tags with funky paper by Upsy Daisy Designs and embossed Bazzill cardstock.  I had lots of fun, so not sure its just for the kids!

You can buy this kit with instructions and pictures of each step from the Better Scrapbooking shop.

Monday, February 21, 2011

My little engineer

I saw a sketch on the Friday Night Challenge from Scrapbooking Outlet last month and really liked it.  However, I never quite got around to doing it before the challenge finished!  But I liked it so much I did it anyway and finished it in just one night (very quick for me!).

My son is into making wonderful wooden creations at kindy and I wanted to showcase some of his favourite ones on a layout. 

Supplies - Kaisercraft paper, screw brads, eyelets, staples, ric-rac, 3D foam, Weave extras teeny tiny letter stickers, Basic Grey letters

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Party girl

My layout for the Cooking with Cricut  and Fantabulous Cricut - Embossing.  It's not very clear from the picture but the marquee shapes are embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss dots (my favourite embossing folder).

A layout about my girls' first invitation to a abirthday party and consequently her new party dress.  The swirls on the paper are very similiar to the stitching design on her party dress.  Bit of fake stitching on the scallop borders and of course some bling - Kindyglitz on the title.

Shadowed marquee shapes for title and journalling are from Cricut cartridge 'Storybook' and words from 'Forever Young'.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Here's my layout for Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #47 - Weather forecast.  We have beautiful Autumns in Cambridge, New Zealand - they don't call it the 'Town of Trees' for nothing!

I had some great photos of my son playing in the leaves.  I don't have twin boys but I do have Photoshop!  I also wanted to incorporate some photos of the beautiful trees and colours of autumn so I made some small photo tiles to showcase that.

The tree is cut from cartridge 'Graphically Speaking' and the leaves from 'Wild Card' and 'Accent Essentials'.  I popped some of the leaves on 3D foam and used the large leaf for journalling.

I threaded fibre through holes at the top of the page for added interest.

Friday, February 11, 2011

The best Chocolate Zucchini Cake

I got this recipe from a friend of mine who is a total domestic goddess in the kitchen (thanks Anna!).  So if you want to make a moist, delicious cake with to-die-for icing and have excess zucchini to use in your veggie garden, then this is for you!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Makes 2 small or one large cake

125g butter, softened
1 ¾  C sugar
½ C oil
2 eggs
½ C milk
1 t vanilla
¼ C cocoa
2 ½ C flour
1 t baking soda
1 t mixed spice
2 C grated zucchini (more if you have lots!)
1 C chocolate chips
¾ C chopped walnuts

Beat butter and sugar till creamy. Beat in the oil and eggs. Add the milk and vanilla and beat again. Stir in dry ingredients. Fold in the grated zucchini, chocolate chips and walnuts.

Bake at 180°C for 30 mins (the more zucchini that is added , the longer it takes to cook).

Cream cheese icing (for 2 cakes)

125g butter, softened
250g cream cheese, softened
500g icing sugar
1 t vanilla
¼ C cocoa

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


I wanted a red monochromatic layout to emphasise the 'love' from the photos of my son with his new baby sister.

I welded hearts in Design Studio using several cartridges, to make 'lace cardstock' and placed 3D foam underneath it to pop it up from the base cardstock (see close-up photo). 

I also cut out lettering from cardstock and debossed it.  I placed the letters on top of the layout, turned it over and used an embossing tool to go around the edges.  So, part of the title (Big love, Big hugs), is very subtle across the left-hand side of the layout (see close-up photo).  I popped the remaining part of the title (Big brother), onto 3D foam on the right-hand side of the layout.

This layout is for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge 'LOVE' theme and is also linked to Passionately Artistic.

Big love, Big hugs, Big brother

Close up of Cricut-cut lace cardstock

Debossed lettering

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

February Challenges from Better Scrapbooking

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Steppin' Up

Had fun with sketch #5 from GYSO.  I have been wanting to scrap these pics of my daughter 'steppin' up' for the first time.  So thanks for the inspiration GYSO!

I flipped the sketch around 90 degrees and here's my take on it;

DCVW Doodlin' Around stack pack, Peelcraft letters, brads, 3D foam, black pen

Friday, February 4, 2011

Ticket to Ride

Here is my layout for the Cooking with Cricut Shadow Challenge - to use a shadow somewhere on your project.

The tickets from the train ride were my inspiration for this layout and have included them on my layout.  Here I have used the 'Mickey Font' ends cap ticket and shadow for the title.  I have also used the shadow feature of the train and carriages from 'My Community' for the photos to sit on.

I turned the journalling strips into railway sleepers and attached 7 Gypsies metal photo turns for added interest.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


I'm a big fan of buttons.  I totally rate them up there with brads and 3D foam tape.

I had some beautiful paper left over from the Better Scrapbooking December ScrapPack which I was not going to waste but not enough for another layout.  So I decided to make some cards - with buttons.

Card 1

Card 2 - Flowers & buttons

Card 2 - Close up view

Card 3 - Just buttons